Story Maps at the 2016 Esri User Conference

In just a few short weeks many of you will be making the trip to San Diego for the 2016 Esri User Conference. The Story Maps team will be in the Showcase Hall to meet with you, and we’ll also be presenting many sessions and workshops. We’re excited to meet with our growing and thriving community of story map authors and developers!

As you plan your time at the conference you may find the following list of Story Maps sessions and activities helpful. Also, to learn more about where to go for fun and food while you’re not at the sessions, be sure to check out these San Diego story maps by Story Maps team member — and San Diego resident — Rupert Essinger.

Preconference Seminar

Story Maps Workshop

Registration required, find out more here.

Bring your laptops and story map ingredients, and we’ll help you build some story maps. Esri’s story maps team will walk you step-by-step through the process of building, refining, and publishing a story map. Learn the basics plus tips and tricks to turn your story map into a polished communication product. Please come with a story concept and as much supporting content as you can muster in the form of photos, videos, and web maps. We’ll provide materials to practice building stories if you aren’t able to bring your own.

  • Sunday, June 26, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
  • Allen Carroll and Owen Evans

Story Maps Happy Hour

After the pre-conference seminar, the Story Maps team will head to Puesto for an informal, no-host happy hour. Anyone (not just pre-conference seminar attendees) is welcome to join us to chat about your work with story maps.

Technical Workshops

Story Maps: How to Tell Your Story Using Esri’s Storytelling Apps

Learn how to use Esri’s highly popular storytelling apps to inform and inspire your audience with place-based multimedia experiences. This session will summarize the most popular storytelling apps, show you how to build, edit, and publish your story, and arm you with the basic principles of storytelling. And you’ll get a sneak peek at coming storytelling attractions.

  • Tuesday, June 28, 10:15 AM — 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, June 29, 8:30 AM — 9:45 AM
  • Allen Carroll and Bern Szukalski

Story Maps: Great Story Maps and How to Emulate Them

Among the tens of thousands of story maps that are engaging audiences around the world are a small number of efforts that stand head and shoulders above the crowd. We’ll show you a sampling of these great story maps, and use them to give you insider tips and tricks on how to conceptualize a story, how to edit and refine your narrative, and how to go beyond the basics to inform, inspire, and amaze your audience.

Brian Hettler the from Amazon Conservation Team will tell you how the Amazon Conservation Team produced an outstanding Story Map Journal, and Katie Grillo from the City of Cambridge, MA, will describe how she’s recruited story map authors across multiple departments.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 1:30 PM — 2:45 PM
  • Thursday, June 30, 8:30 AM — 9:45 AM
  • Allen Carroll and Rupert Essinger

30-Minute Tech Workshops

Story Maps: An Introduction

This workshop will give you the knowledge you need to get started using Esri’s Story Map apps. Learn how to use our storytelling apps to inform and inspire your audience with place-based multimedia experiences. This session will summarize the most popular storytelling apps and show you how to build, edit, and publish your story.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 AM — 10:30 AM
  • Rupert Essinger

Story Maps: How to Make a Story Map Cascade

Esri’s Story Maps team will show you how to use the brand new Story Map Cascade app to publish stories that provide an immersive, full-screen experience rich with maps, images, and video. Learn how to use the app’s builder function to compile and polish your story.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 PM — 1:30 PM
  • Greg L’Azou and Owen Evans

Story Maps: How to Make a Story Map Journal

Esri’s Story Maps team will show you how to use the popular Map Journal app to publish stories that are rich with maps, images, and video. Learn how to use the builder function to compile and polish your story.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 12:00 PM — 12:30 PM
  • David Asbury

Demo Theater Presentations

Story Maps: Telling Stories with Map Templates

In this presentation, you will learn about how to use maps as an element of telling stories. Maps can be used not only aesthetically, but also to construct a narrative enable a point of reference, and provide context to a broader set of information.

  • Thursday, June 30, 9:30 AM — 10:15 AM
  • David Asbury

Getting Started with Story Maps

The Esri Story Maps apps enable you to inform, engage and inspire people with your GIS work. Learn the simple steps to creating and publishing an effective story map and get tips and best practices on how to make your story map really stand out.

  • Tuesday, June 28, 4:30 PM — 5:15 PM
  • Rupert Essinger

Originally published at blogs.esri.com on June 8, 2016.